Hipsters

Hipsters

About Hipsters

Hipster is a term frequently used to refer to a subculture of young, recently settled urban middle class adults and older teenagers. Usage of the term reappeared in the 1990s and persists to the present. The subculture is associated with independent music, a varied non-mainstream fashion sensibility, and alternative lifestyles. Interests in media would include independent film, magazines such as Vice and Clash, and websites like Pitchfork Media and Tumblr. Hipster culture has been described as a mutating, trans-Atlantic melting pot of styles, tastes and behavior[s]. Christian Lorentzen of Time Out New York argues that hipsterism fetishizes the authentic elements of all of the fringe movements of the postwar era_beat, hippie, punk, even grunge, and draws on the cultural stores of every unmelted ethnicity, and regurgitates it with a winking inauthenticity. The term itself was coined during the jazz age, when hip emerged as an adjective to describe aficionados of the growing scene. Although the adjective's exact origins are disputed, some say it was a derivative of hop, a slang term for opium, while others believe it comes from the West African word hipi, meaning to

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